Poetry Therapy

Poetry Therapy


What is Biblio/Poetry Therapy?

Through poems or other literature, through journaling and storytelling, biblio/poetry therapy helps people to heal and grow one word, one image, one crystalline phrase at a time. Even the ancient Greeks understood that language has healing power. Today, you can experience healing and personal growth through biblio/poetry therapy. Poetry therapy is practiced in schools, corporations, hospitals, treatment centers, correctional facilities, and private practices throughout the country.


The Purpose of Poetry Therapy is…

For Individuals: to provide a way to reclaim one’s voice and power through self-expression. It integrates the varied and paradoxical aspects of self into a unified expression of heart, mind, and soul.

For Families: to help bring clarity and order to emotions, thoughts, and feelings. It also helps families connect in a more meaningful way.

For Communities: to cultivate growth and development, build bridges of understanding and restor the creative imagination to marginalized populations around the world.


Goals of Poetry Therapy

Poetry therapy has many benefits, including enhanced:

      • self-expression
      • appreciation of beauty and order
      • emotional and cognitive awareness
      • self-discovery and self-understanding
      • responsiveness to images, thoughts, and feelings
      • communication skills of listening and speaking
      • interpersonal skills
      • problem-solving and coping skills
      • integration of divergent aspects of self


Poetry therapy can increase our ability to deal creatively with life challenges. Regardless of the specific form (poetry, short story, journaling, song, or video), the energy of poetic and literary device leads to new ideas, new information, and new meanings. Research has proven that writing positively affects heart rate, blood pressure, and the immune system. The process of reading, writing, and speaking from the heart assists in stress reduction and the restoration of emotional equilibrium.


For more information about the Write Path, please contact Susan Reuling Furness, or visit www.writepath.org.